Ballz is a two-player 3D action fighting game for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, the Super NES (SNES) and the 3DO. It was developed by PF Magic and published by Accolade in 1994. The 3DO version was released as a director's cut in 1995. Ballz offered three difficulty levels over a total of 21 matches. Its distinguishing quality was that each of the characters were composed completely of balls, with a pseudo-3D look.
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Although the game was not a tremendous success, PF Magic reused its graphics technology in a successful line of virtual pet titles, Petz, Dogz, Catz and Oddballz.
The opening PF Magic developed for the game stated "To be the champion, you gotta have Ballz!". Due to its racy double-entendre ("balls" may be used as a slang term for testicles), Nintendo demanded the wording be changed for the SNES version. The SNES version of the game states "...you gotta play Ballz", while the Sega version uses the original intro. The game was also notably bizarre for its lineup of fighters, which included a farting monkey, a jumping clown, a sumo wrestler, a caveman, a bodybuilder, a ballerina, a rhinoceros and a "superhero".
Ballz did relatively poorly in the marketplace. Some attribute this to botched marketing. Accolade gave it little print advertising, but even the ads it ran for the game gave little clue as to what type of game Ballz was. One just had an image of a Christmas Tree made of balls and contained the caption "Tell your mom you want Ballz for Christmas."
On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Super Famicom version of the game a 28 out of 40. Ballz was ranked third on ScrewAttack's "Top 10 Worst Fighting Games" claiming that "It makes grown men weep like babies!" One specific target of ScrewAttack's criticism was the soundtrack, which was described as being like "a bad porno soundtrack".
Ballz was also ranked seventh in a 2011 list of Top Ten Fighting Games We'd Like to Forget, compiled by Game Informer. The author of the list, Dan Ryckert, widely criticized it for including what he claimed to be "sexual innuendo" references, and having its design representing more of a 2-D look.